MARTINEZ -- A 26-year-old Richmond man will be sentenced May 3 to life in prison without the possibility of parole for kidnapping and raping a 13-year-old boy in Richmond in 2011, a judge said Friday.
Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Charles Burch said he will give Jeremiah Jones four consecutive life sentences for the crimes that caused "serious physical and psychological harm" to the young boy.
A jury in February found Jones guilty of kidnapping with intent to rape and eight felony sex crime charges in connection with the Feb. 4, 2011, attack. Jones grabbed the eighth-grader outside his house and dragged him to an alley, where he sexually assaulted him. The child's father came across the attack and rescued his son.
Formal delivery of the sentence was postponed to coincide with a May 3 hearing on punitive damages being requested by the state on behalf of the victim.
The child's family told the judge Friday that Jones robbed the boy of self-confidence and trust in people. He was unable to sleep in a room alone for a year after the attack. The family said they were proud of him for testifying in court and "standing up for himself and the truth."
"I am happy there is one less person preying on our children in our community," the boy's father wrote in a letter to the judge.
Jones called his actions "shameful" and apologized to the victim and his family.
"There is not much I can say to repair the damage I've done, but I do want to say I am sorry for my actions," Jones said.
Jones also apologized to his wife, mother, grandmother and "everyone who raised me throughout the years."
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